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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Let’s Go to Prison

LET’S GO TO PRISON, Dax Shepard, Will Arnett, 2006. ©Universal/courtesy Everett Collection

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Enjoy the Dax Shepard, Will Arnett comedy on a whole new level thanks to these 15 little-known facts.

1. A Survivor, superhero, and soul singer are among the famous faces in the film’s opening sequence.

The mugshots and legal footage shown in the beginning montage include celebrities Lil Kim, Tim Allen, Robert Downey Jr., Suge Knight, Ozzy Osbourne, Bobby Brown, Charles Manson, James Brown, Steve-O, Tommy Lee, Martha Stewart, John Gotti, Mike Tyson, Richard Hatch from Survivor, and Heidi Fleiss.


2. Fittingly, Let’s Go to Prison was directed by a man who has played both a lawyer and cop on TV.

Let’s Go to Prison is the second theatrically released film directed by Bob Odenkirk, better know as Saul Goodman from the TV series Breaking Bad. Odenkirk also recently played Sheriff Bill Oswalt in the TV adaptation of Fargo.


3. The movie’s writers also boast résumés filled with fictional law-enforcement roles.

Co-writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant both starred in and created the show Reno 911!, a mockumentary about police officers that aired on Comedy Central from 2003-2009.


4. The movie is based on a real-life manual for adjusting to life behind bars.

Jim Hogshire’s 1994 non-fiction book You Are Going to Prison, which offers advice to first-time prisoners, inspired the film.


5. Let’s Go to Prison was the first film released by the production company behind The Cosby Show.

Previously, the Carsey-Werner Company was well known for such comedy heavy-hitters as The Cosby Show, Roseanne, and 3rd Rock from the Sun. Their second release was also a film by Odenkirk called The Brothers Solomon, which came out in 2007.


6. The movie was filmed inside a real prison.

Rossmore State Penitentiary is actually the Joliet Correctional Center in Joliet, Illinois, which closed down as a functioning prison in 2002. The Joliet Correction Center can also be seen in The Blues Brothers and the first season of Prison Break.


7. The song the characters sing at the end of the movie is “Move This” by Technotronic.

It was released in 1992 and peaked at #6 on the Billboard charts.

8. Despite its 2006 release, the movie is set sometime before 2005.

The can of Fresca, Nelson’s beloved soda, used in the film features an out-of-date design. The brand was given a complete redesign in 2005, meaning Let’s Go to Prison takes place sometime before then.


9. An eventual Oscar nominee plays a bit role.

Michael Shannon plays the leader of the prison’s white supremacists group.


10. Dax Shepard can thank Ashton Kutcher for snagging the lead.

Shepard was cast because of his appearances on Kutcher’s prank show Punk’d.


11. A Sunday morning comics staple makes a cameo.

The card that Nelson receives from the white supremacists features the long-running comic strip character Ziggy.


12. Barry and Nelson listen to “Feels So Good” by Chuck Mangione in Barry’s prison cell.

The song, from Mangione’s 1977 jazz album of the same name, was referenced frequently on the Fox animated comedy King of the Hill, on which Mangione regularly played himself.


13. Bob Odenkirk wanted White Stripes drummer Meg White to score the film.

But the studio removed her drums-only soundtrack against Odenkirk’s wishes.


14. Guitarist Ray Parker Jr. plays on the film’s soundtrack.

Parker rose to fame after writing and performing the Ghostbusters theme song in 1984.


15. The film has an alternate ending.

In it, John, who is about to be sent back to prison, calls Nelson from Tijuana to ask him to post his bail. Nelson hangs up in order to live happily ever after with Barry in their mansion together.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.